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Hawaii suspends tuberculosis clearance requirement

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 12, 2013 at 9:01 am •  Published: April 12, 2013

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's health department is temporarily suspending tuberculosis clearance requirements.

The department says the suspension is in response to a nationwide shortage of testing solution required for tuberculin skin testing.

Starting Thursday until further notice, the state will not restrict attendance at work or school because of a lack of clearance for the infectious disease.

Tuberculosis clearance is mandated for school personnel, students and food handlers, along with workers in health care, domiciliary care, daycare and residential care facilities.

Limited testing will be available at state clinics to high-risk groups including those with signs and symptoms of tuberculosis, an airborne bacterial infection of the lungs.